In this episode of Always Already, Rachel, John, and Emily find a whole lot to like in The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries by Kathi Weeks. We discuss the subjectivizing power of the “work ethic,” as well as Weeks’s important contribution to scholarly debates about methodologies in theory-oriented disciplines. We think through her insistence on “demand” and its relationship to utopia, talk about her turn to Marxist feminism, wonder what her work has to say to democratic theory and to debates about ‘ideal theory’, and question her discussion of sex work, all while trying not to think about the “work” of producing a podcast to reach our audience!
This episode also includes a not-so-anonymous advice question regarding how to not talk about your dissertation to strangers AND a not-so-anonymous One or Several Wolves segment analyzing John’s recurring childhood dream.
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- The Problem With Work at Duke University Press
- Weeks’s page at Duke University
- The Right to Be Lazy blog’s review of the book
- Kathi Weeks giving the plenary talk on “Feminist Politics, Social Reproduction, and Life After Work,” Historical Materialism Conference 2012
- Weeks’s article “Beyond the Wage System” at Dissent
- Silvia Federici’s Wages Against Housework pamphlet
- New York Wages for Housework Committee pamphlet
- Peter Frase on “The Politics of Getting a Life” at Jacobin